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IDF Updates – May 4th

IDF: IAF fighter jets struck terrorist infrastructure in an area from which a launch toward Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha was identified yesterday; The IDF continues to operate in the central Gaza Strip

Yesterday (Friday), a launch that was identified crossing from the area of Khan Yunis toward Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha fell near the security fence area in the southern Gaza Strip. Shortly after, IAF fighter jets struck terror targets adjacent to a launch site in the area of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Additionally, IAF aircraft struck a loaded mortar launcher ready to fire toward IDF troops in the central Gaza Strip. Furthermore, in the southern Gaza Strip, after the IDF confirmed the evacuation of civilians located near the area, IAF fighter jets struck ro…

IDF: Earlier today, an anti tank missile launch was identified toward the area of Shtula, as well as two launches toward the area of Mount Hermon. The IDF struck the source of the fire.

Furthermore, earlier today, IAF fighter jets struck a Hezbollah military structure in the area of Tayr Harfa in southern Lebanon.

Throughout today, IDF artillery fired to remove threats in the areas of Naqoura, Marwahin, Hanine and Matmoura in southern Lebanon. Additionally, an IDF tank fired toward a military structure in which terrorist activity was identified in the area of Kfarkela.

Attached is a video of the strike:

IDF: The Chief of the General Staff in the Gaza Strip: “The IDF is operating in many arenas, we have many more missions ahead of us…

To the reservists: we have an obligation to the people who left home on October 7th and came here – to take care of them, reward them and recognize them”

The Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, visited the central Gaza Strip on Friday evening, and held a situational assessment and tour with the Commanding Officer of the Southern Command, MG Yaron Finkelman, the Commanding Officer of the 99th Division, BG Barak Hiram, and the reserve forces operating in the area of ​​the Central Gaza Corridor.

Attached is a video from the Chief of the General Staff’s statement:

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Attached is the full statement of the Chief of the General Staff: “We are entering two weeks of significant days here. Holocaust Remembrance Day, then Memorial Day and Independence Day a week later. We are in a year with many casualties in the IDF, with many citizens killed in these events, with great responsibility as an army. There is a lot to remember and learn with our eyes on the future, about how we strengthen ourselves from here onward and also with an understanding that the price we paid, combined with the learning process, is a price we must be prepared to pay to exist here going forward, so that those around us will understand the great determination we have to be here. The IDF is operating in many arenas – in the North, South, Judea and Samaria, it is with ground forces; and we are also operating farther afield and in many other ways. We are operating in many arenas, we have many more missions ahead of us. It requires patience, we will rotate, we will rest, we will return refreshed personnel. But we will persevere with a strong spirit that I receive very clearly from you. We will maintain our high determination, both national and military determination, and with these things I believe that we will ultimately achieve the right results.
We, I mean the State of Israel, with a lot of work by the IDF, by the Manpower Directorate (J1), invest huge sums of money into taking care of the reservists. A lot of it was given out this week, and it’s meant to take care of the people, and it’s meant to take care of them going forward, and it’s meant to take care of people who’ve also lost their place of employment. And I’m telling you, bring existing issues to our attention and we will address them – whether it is issues with employers or legislation. It is very very important. We have an obligation to the people who left their homes on October 7th. We have an obligation to take care of them, to pay them back, to reward, recognize and appreciate them – in earnest.”

IDF: The IDF and ISA struck and eliminated one of the Islamic Jihad Rafah Brigade commanders, a leader in the Nukhba force’s attack on Israel during the brutal October 7th massacre

Earlier today (Saturday), following ISA and IDF intelligence information, IAF fighter jets eliminated, in southern Gaza, Aiman Zaarab, a senior Islamic Jihad operative who commanded and directed numerous attacks, and led a number of infiltration attempts into Israeli territory over the last few years.

As part of his role, Zaarab was responsible for the Islamic Jihad Nukhba force’s attack on Kibbutz Sufa and the Sufa military post during the October 7 massacre. Additionally, over the past few days, Zaarab led the Islamic Jihads’ preparations for combat in the southern Gaza Strip.…

IDF: Joint IDF and ISA announcement:

Over the last few hours, during a joint IDF, ISA, and Israel Police counterterrorism activity, a Hamas terrorist cell was neutralized in the area of Tulkarm. The cell was responsible for the murder of an Israeli reservist, the injury of other civilians, and the planning of imminent and additional terror attacks against Israeli communities.

As part of the counterterrorism activity, the forces located the terrorists in the town of Deir al-Ghusun and engaged in fire, eliminating four terrorists. One terrorist was apprehended and transferred to the ISA for further questioning.
During the counterterrorism activity a “Yamam” police officer was injured and was evacuated to the hospital to receive further medical treatment.

Following precise ISA intelligence information received over the past day, a joint IDF and Israel Police search was conducted to locate the Hamas terrorist cell that carried out numerous shooting, explosive and car bombing attacks.

Among the terror activities carried out by the cell was a terrorist attack on November 2nd, 2023 in the area of the Bayt Lid Junction, in which the reservist Elhanan Ariel Klein was killed and an additional police officer was injured. The terrorist cell also carried out a car bombing attack on April 7th, 2024 on route 55, adjacent to the Nabi Ilyas junction, during which two Israelis were injured, including an IDF soldier.

The four terrorists who were eliminated in the area of Tulkarm were:
1. Adnan Taisir Kamal Samara – a Hamas military operative in Tulkarm, who had been detained multiple times in the past following his involvement in Hamas activity.
2. Alaa Adib Abed Aljaber Sharitakh – a prominent Hamas military operative, who he had been detained for 14 years from 2002 to 2016 following his involvement in terrorist activity.
3. Tamer Abed Allatif Rajeh Rajeh – a Hamas operative from the town of Shuweika.
4. Asal Bashir Taufik Badran – an Islamic Jihad terrorist operative from the town of Deir al-Ghusun, who had been detained in the past following involvement in terrorist activity.

In recent months, a number of operatives and additional collaborators who admitted to involvment in the cell’s activity and in the Hamas-funded terror attacks, were detained for ISA questioning.

IDF: The Chief of the General Staff: “While we fight our just war, let this memory be the source of our strength, and a reminder of the importance of maintaining a protective force for our people.”

Attached is the full statement by The Chief of the General Staff, LTG. Herzi Halevi:

A Message from Shalom